The call came after advocacy groups threatened a lawsuit and a video of officers taking away blankets went viral.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) announced Saturday that local police will stop confiscating personal property while enforcing the city’s “camping ban” during the cold winter months ― allowing homeless men and women sleeping on the streets to keep their blankets and tents till the end of April.
The ordinance, which was approved by the Denver City Council in 2012, prohibits unauthorized camping on public and private property. It poses a particular threat to the city’s homeless population, who use blankets and tents during the freezing winter months to keep warm. The mayor said police will continue to enforce the ban, which can come with a hefty fine, but will cease confiscating personal property through the winter.